Greg Mackie is a well known South Australian cultural leader - and part-time Fleurieu Coast resident. A former indie bookseller, in 1999 he founded, and still chairs the Adelaide Festival of Ideas. With local government and extensive state government experience, he led Arts SA and was instrumental with programs such as Adelaide Thinkers in Residence. Greg also played a key role in transforming Festival Fleurieu  into an award-winning event on the Fleurieu Coast region. Commencing as CEO with the History Trust of South Australia in 2016, Greg was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the arts and culture.

"Ideas on the Fleurieu is a great way for passionate people to connect with other passionate people to make great things happen on the Fleurieu..."


Zannie Flanagan is a passionate promoter of regional produce and in particular that of her ‘hood - the Fleurieu Peninsula. In the early ‘80s she restored and managed two restaurants that became famous in the area; Prewett’s at Kangarilla and later the Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale. Both restaurants were inspired by Zannie’s strong belief that restaurants should reflect the landscape in which they are situated. Menus were seasonal with an emphasis on regional produce. This was when she discovered that olive oil was being produced down the road at the McLaren Vale Olive Groves and her great passion for local oil began. She was the driving force behind South Australia’s first Farmers Markets - starting the Willunga Farmers Market in 2002 and then the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market, which she ran for many years. In 2009 she was recognised as a Food Legend by the Advertiser and in 2010 she was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the food industry.

"Ideas on the Fleurieu is helping to shape a positive vision for the future of the region and reminding us why we're all so fortunate to call this place home."



Charles is a passionate developer of people and teams. He has been instrumental in establishing the Fleurieu Future Leaders Program and also helped create the Barossa Future Leaders Program.  He works with leaders nationally and internationally to develop their visions and achieve their objectives.  He has lectured for Universities, was partly responsible for over a million new trees for South Australia and is a volunteer firefighter with the CFS as well as volunteering with youth via the SANFL U/18 and U/16 programs.  He moved onto the Fleurieu in December 2012 after being a regular visitor for the last forty years and see’s its potential as a global leader in many areas.  Charles has a Masters in Applied Science.

“Ideas on the Fleurieu, an initiative of graduates from the inaugural 2017 Fleurieu Future Leaders Program, will facilitate collaboration amongst many sectors of this amazing region and help achieve a shared guided evolution that sustains the critical elements of the Fleurieu whilst achieving progress and continuous improvement"


Becky Hirst is a proud Fleurieu local, living in beautiful Blewitt Springs with her partner Dan and their two young daughters. With almost two decades worth of experience across two continents, Becky is one of Australia’s leading community engagement experts, managing a successful specialist community engagement consultancy with numerous high-profile clients dealing with politically sensitive topics. In 2010, Becky was awarded the prestigious title of SA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Becky is the founder and president of Engage 2 Act, a global collective of individuals committed to progressing high quality community engagement. Becky is known by many Fleurieu locals as "The Winey Mum" and is the founder of Winey Times, formerly known as Winey Kids. Running Winey Kids in her spare time, Becky changed the face of the McLaren Vale wine tourism by forming a unique consumer-led approach to wine tourism and destination marketing. Winey Kids became one of South Australia's most respected and trusted sources of information for families visiting wine regions, winning countless awards and kudos from the business, wine and tourism sectors alike. Becky considers herself a true people person, who believes in good conversations about things that matter.

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